Monthly Archives: April 2013

Wing wing situation

Inspired by this post by Gemsmaquillage I was driven to turn our bland turkey steak dinner into a peri peri feast!

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We marinated our turkey steaks in some Nandos medium sauce. Meanwhile I cooked some regular frozen peas in a pan with a sprig of mint. I threw together a quick salad, chucked some olives in a bowl, chopped the halloumi up and cooked it til crispy. Once that was done we put the turkey steaks in the pan with the remaining marinade. I mixed a bit of Nandos sauce with extra light mayo to make perinnaise. The rice was microwaved to packet instructions while I smashed up the peas with a potato masher with a bit of salt, chilli flakes, more mint and a teaspoon of olive oil. Warmed up the pittas and took the lid off the coleslaw and there we go….Nandos without leaving the house!

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PS I am not sponsored by Sainsburys I just work near one!

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Lust list

Payday seems quite a way a way at the moment so I’m whiling away the hours thinking of things I want to buy.
First off this piece of arm candy from eBay. I love my rosé gold Michael Kors watch and think they’d look good together.

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These awesome jungle print trousers from H & M

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Probably all the Game of Thrones stuff on Etsy but particularly this

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A poster of all my Instagram pictures (well the good ones that aren’t of my dinner) like this one from firebox

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I keep seeing swatches of this illamasqua polish and I think I need it!

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I will also be buying this set of real techniques brushes as I keep visiting them in Boots.

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Finally I think I may have to admit shamefacedly to wanting Red by Taylor Swift

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All together now ‘trouble, trouble, trouble……’ It’s not quite ‘Call me maybe’ but it’s close….
What are you lusting after…?

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

So it’s Sunday, I am watching back to back episodes of Modern Family and preparing myself for an overnight shift tonight. Highlight of the day so far has been breakfast and a trip to Wickes to buy a chisel (ok the bit about that being a highlight could be a lie)
I thought I’d show you some of my favourite things. Photos taken from we heart it or are my own.

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Paris

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Ryan Gosling

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Amelie

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Bond

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Pretty lights

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Pink fizz

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Pastels!

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Beach huts

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Mac and cheese

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Jillian

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This soppy animal

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My motivational diary

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Otters (especially this one not enjoying melon)

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Boys in fisherman outfits….who buy chisels….

I think I’m ready now….for sunshine

I’m sat looking out the window on Saturday morning thinking about getting ready for work and I’ve decided….I’m so ready for summer now.
I want…..

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Picnics in the gardens

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Cool fruity drinks

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Too wear neon and cut offs and have a tan!

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To sit and watch the sky in a pub garden

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Ice Cream!

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Bunting!

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Beach lounging

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But most of all sunshine!
As it is I am going to work with no voice….! Hurry up summer….I’m waiting….

Green Monsters or just Monsters

Like everyone else on the Internet I am on a bit of a health kick. Every year about this time I experience pre summer body panic. Every year about October I get swamped by work and end up working 14 hours a day and living off carbs and cheese…..what a way to go right?
So currently I am trying to get back into my skinniest jeans….whilst still working 11 or 12 hours a day. Part of this is obviously exercise, I am a massive Jillian Michaels fan, she is the voice in my head when I want to stop.

The other part is about eating. I generally follow a fairly low carb self devised diet plan which I track using the OCD sufferers friend ‘my fitness pal’

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Be warned, it gets obsessive.

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Screen shot from the Jillian Michaels iPhone app.
So anyway breakfast at the moment is a smoothie based on the green monster recipe from oh she glows http://ohsheglows.com/2011/01/13/classic-green-monster/

So here is the version we had today.

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I blended half a banana, 2 strawberries, a handful of raspberries, a handful of raw spinach, 200ml of almond milk and 2 tablespoons of low fat yogurt.

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Then blend it to death!

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It was very tasty and kept me going til lunch.
The boyfriend is a little less impressed with the healthy eating so he had to have this home made bunny sundae after dinner….one step at a time eh…

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Anyone got a great smoothie recipe for me to try? Have you gone green? Or do you just want the bunny sundae…?

Spring nail varnish shades

So the sun seems to be making a tentative appearance this week and my thoughts have turned to pastel colours, beer gardens, country walks and picnics. Sadly there is a way to go before any of that is feasible, I can however show you some of the pretty colours that will be gracing my nails over the next few weeks.
First up Essie. I can’t lie since I heard the fuss about Mint Candy Apple I’ve been a little obsessed.

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From left to right Fiji, Not Just a Pretty Face, Mint Candy Apple, Where’s My Chauffeur
Fiji is a gorgeous pale pale pink, makes your nails look fresh and polished. Not Just A Pretty Face is a peachy nude, mannequin hands really, perfect for work and your mum will totally approve. Mint Candy Apple is a gorgeous minty green, doesn’t make my hands look red and immediately makes you feel cool and summery. Where’s My Chauffeur (part of the Christmas collection) is a slightly darker version and more of a teal. This one is definitely boyfriend approved. Feels edgy and cool without being too out there.
Advantages of the Essie polishes is their frankly MASSIVE brushes. Makes a manicure quick and simple. Retail at £7.99 from Boots.
Next up OPI and China Glaze

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From left to right again. China Glaze Sea Spray and Sweet Hook, OPI My Very First Knockwurst and Pink Friday.

Sea Spray is a very muted sea grey/blue, subtle and a bit different with a slight shimmer, it is now discontinued but probably available from eBay.
Sweet Hook is a gorgeous light bright purple/lilac. Wearing this colour gives me a lift every time I wear it. It’s also discontinued.
My Very First Knockwurst a lovely nude pale pink which has hints of lilac. Pretty work appropriate again and goes with anything. Pink Friday is obviously Nicky Minaj for OPI it’s very Barbie pink but looks fab with the beginnings of a tan.
I love all of these colours for this time of year, they are just so pretty!